For many who’ve seen The Danish Girl – a movie that seems almost at pains to come across as prim and proper – it seems almost odd that would be charged with being full of ‘moral depravity’. But that’s because it’s sometimes easy to overlook that there are plenty people out there who don’t care how classy or carefully told a story is, if it’s about transgender issues, to them it is ‘depraved’.
That’s the problem the film has run into in Qatar, with The Guardian reporting that while it had already started screening in cinemas in Doha, once the Culture Ministry got wind of that, they had it pulled from cinemas. The Ministry then wrote on Twitter, “We would like to inform you that we have contacted the concerned administration and the screening of the Danish film is now banned from cinemas. We thank you for your unwavering vigilance.”
It appears that the film caused controversy from the moment the trailer started playing, with some in the county taking to social media to decry the ‘moral depravity’. That grew after it started play (although it seems there was enough interest in it to make it worth screening in the country) and resulted in the Culture Ministry’s actions.
The movie star Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander and tells the story of Lili Elbe, who in the 1930s transitioned to living as a woman (she was earlier a successful painter known as Einar Wegener) and became one of the first people to undergo a surgical sex change procedure.